The previous national lockdowns and the effects of the pandemic have taken a toll on wedding events in the UK. With constant changes to rules and restrictions, many wedding days were disrupted or delayed for the past few months to avoid the spread of COVID amongst large group gatherings.
With the removal of most lockdown restrictions from July 19 onwards, many couples and wedding planners are delighted with the removal of the attendee limitations. However, many social distancing rules remain as we take a closer step towards the new norm.
Additionally, there are a few differences in rules and regulations between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Here’s everything that you need to know about the current covid rules for weddings in the UK.
In England, couples planning their weddings will be happy to hear that there are no caps or limits on the number of people invited to attend any wedding events, receptions, or celebrations. This means that table service rules are lifted, and all guests are allowed to dance, sing and mingle without wearing a face mask. However, the government highly recommends that people wear their face masks in crowded settings.
- Guest instructed by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate can’t attend the wedding and must self isolate
- Indoor venues are encouraged to let as much fresh air in to keep enclosed spaces well ventilated.
- Face masks are not required, but attendees should wear them if they’re commuting to the venue using public transportation.
Scotland has further eased their wedding restriction, but not to the same extent as England’s lockdown. The guest limit has increased to 200 people, but wearing a mask is still mandatory for all guests. Further lifting from the Scottish government is confirmed to take place on August 9.
- Social distancing measure is required at one metre apart inside wedding venues.
- In outdoor areas, large groups of up to 15 people do not need to physically distance, but large groups will need to be one metre apart from other groups.
- A group of 15 people max can sing and dance together.
Northern Ireland and Wales
Northern Ireland and Wales did not make any rule changes on July 19, but wedding events and receptions are given the green light as long as the guests practice social distancing measures within the venue.
- Live music and DJ are allowed as long as the noise levels remain at an ambient level.
- Face masks are mandatory when leaving the table or when using toilet facilities.
- Dancing is not permitted, except for the couple’s first dance.
- Wedding events can occur in any approved venue on a risk-assessed basis, and the venue capacity determines the guest limit.
- Wales No dancing or singing is permitted except for the couple’s first dance.
- Wedding speeches are allowed, but sharing and passing microphones should be avoided.
- Wedding photos can be taken outdoors, and group shots are only permitted when taken with their extended household bubbles.
- Wedding events can take place in any approved venue, and the venue capacity determines the guest limit.
Planning your wedding involves preparing all sorts of things like your wedding cake, dress, jewellery, flowers, venue, and so on. The list is never-ending! Then there comes a time where everything is all set, and the last part is finally inviting your guests over to your wedding day.
When it comes to planning your wedding invitations, you’ll find there’s a whole new etiquette that you still have yet to learn. To help you out, we’ve listed and answered questions that may cross your mind when planning your wedding invitation.
How much do wedding invitations cost?
You may be wondering how much a wedding invitation will cost. It all depends on a few factors. For instance, the quantity will affect your overall cost. Couples who have many guests can benefit from discounts when ordering in large numbers.
Another factor to consider is the type and design which will vary in price. Different types of wedding invitation include DIY design, shelf designs or bespoke designs. For couples on a budget, a DIY route is something to consider. However, shelf designs and bespoke designs are just as affordable.
If you’re looking for a personalised invitation, there are a range of wedding invitation and stationery companies at affordable prices starting from as little as £1 per piece. They can help create your ideal wedding invitation to match your wedding theme. They have various themes available, including vintage, floral, nature, beach, rustic and many more.
In the end, it all comes down to your preference. Your choices will determine the final cost. Bear in mind that most couples in the UK normally spend around £200 up to £1000 on wedding stationeries.
An outdoor wedding is popular amongst newlyweds. Some of the perks of having your wedding outdoor include fresh air, lovely sceneries and a massive open space for guests. If you’re thinking of getting married outdoors in a beach, a park or in any outdoor setting, there are a few things to bear in mind.
One of the basics you’ll need for an outdoor wedding is portable toilets. Depending on the number of guests, you may want to hire out a few of these, especially if you have quite a large group of visitors. Don’t forget to hire out accessible toilets too!
The weather can change anytime. It could start raining, or they may be strong winds during the day. In case of any changes in the weather, you’ll need to consider having an indoor space nearby for shelter. Indoor space may also be necessary for guests with special requirements.
Summer weddings are popular amongst couples who wish to get married. However, planning a wedding during this time of the year could also be expensive. Luckily there are different ways you can save up when planning your summer wedding. Follow our tips below to ensure you save money when planning your wedding.
Explore other space
Venues are probably one of the most expensive expenses on your wedding list. Instead of browsing for costly venues why not try something completely different? For instance, you may want to consider public spaces as they are often cheaper than hiring private areas. There are plenty of public spaces including a park, gardens or even museums. Although public spaces will still charge a fee, it won’t be as high compared to private spaces.
What’s most important
Ask yourself and your partner about which part of the wedding is the most important? For instance, this could be the food or the DJ. You may want to prioritise food and hire the best catering company. By doing this, you know exactly which part of the wedding you want to spend the most money on. If the DJ isn’t as important, you can sacrifice this by hiring an affordable DJ. This way you can save money on this part.
It’s wedding season and we have been scouring thousands of great Pinterest ideas to help you wow your wedding guests and make your day super special.
Are you getting married in 2018? If yes, then this article is for you! We have curated our 5 top wedding trends that will help you make your special day perfect! Be prepared to want to do them all!
We have all been to a wedding with a big, white marque tent with heavy plastic sides, it is nice but can get super-hot, it is hard to put up, and is not customizable to your wedding colors or feel. Stretch tents are and they can be designed just for you! They are a great way to prep your outdoor wedding for any weather. Since they are designed for you, you could be having an intimate gathering or a wedding as big as the royal wedding and still be able to have a tent the size you need.
They can be ordered to your specifications, the color options are pretty much unlimited, plus they create such a great silhouette to take pictures against day or night. Inside the LED lighting that comes with the tent will help make sure your pictures turn out bright and crisp, and give guests a magical feel as they dance the night away on the dance floor, which is also included! So, if you are worried about it being super sunny or ridiculously rainy during your outdoor wedding, worry not, because hiring a stretch tent is a jaw dropping way to be prepared for both.
While we are talking wedding details we need to cover lighting, as one of the biggest forgotten it often times gets overlooked even though it is the single most important area! It will set the mood, notto mention, make sure you get stunning pictures you can look back on for years to come!
When researching what kind of lighting you are looking, remember the soft glow of hanging lights or candles will give your wedding and reception a much more fairytale like feel than super bright fluorescent lights. The options are endless and can be customized to fit any style or budget, here are some ideas:
Outdoor Lighting Ideas
- Hanging Lights from the ceiling. You can customize the light bulbs to the color and wattage you are looking for. These are great for outdoor, because they give off a bit more light for when it gets dark out without losing the fairytale feel.
- Paper bags with small candles inside. The color of the paper bags iscustomizable, so you keep with your wedding colors and the candles inside can be either flame or battery operated.
- Trees wrapped in lights. These make great photo backgrounds and really accent the outdoor nature of your wedding, giving off an enchanted forest vibe.
Indoor Lighting Ideas
- Floating votive lights. Take any color glass bowl or vase, fill it up halfway with water and then add a slow burning candle to it, it should float and will give off a soft romantic light.
- Hanging chandeliers. Not all venues havethese but they can be rented and plugged in if you have a high ceiling in your venue.
- Windows with Hanging Lights. For venues with windows they create great natural light, which we all know, but keep utilizing them even after it gets dark with hanging lights, that only turn on only after it gets dark.
Asian wedding is a big event that’s normally celebrated with their traditions and religions. The event is normally incorporated with meaningful and colourful designs to represent their culture and heritage. Different parts of Asia celebrate their weddings differently to each other. We’ve listed the following countries who have their own ceremonial marriages.
The Korean weddings would have the bride and groom wearing their traditional clothing called the ‘Hanbok’ during their wedding ceremony. The setting of the wedding is prepared beforehand where they would have a traditional table in place. Foods such as chestnut and Korean dates would be presented on the table as symbolising ‘children’ for their marriage. This ceremony is usually celebrated by the groom’s family only.
Before a wedding is celebrated, Filipinos have a tradition where the groom would have to visit the bride’s parents in advance to ask for the bride’s hands in marriage. Once the groom has the approval of the bride’s parents, both parties would then discuss any ideas and plans on how the wedding should be carried out. It’s an old tradition that is still applied by some Filipinos today. The tradition is named as ‘pamamanhikan’.